Conservation and urban design

Conservation is a very important aspect of planning policy in Hackney. In line with our aspirations for a high quality environment for a sustainable community, we strive to preserve the historic built fabric and encourage good contemporary design.


Conservation areas

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest whose character or appearance we want to preserve or enhance. It is the area as a whole rather than the specific buildings that is of special interest.

Listed buildings

There are around 1,300 listed buildings in Hackney. It is a criminal offence to undertake, or cause to be undertaken, works to a listed building without permission. If a building is deemed to be at risk, we will attempt to work with the owner and other agencies to protect the its future. 

Registered parks, gardens and London squares

There are three historic parks in Hackney on Historic England's register of parks and gardens of special historic interest. Hackney has a large number of formal and informal green spaces in the form of squares and other planted areas. Registered parks, gardens and London squares.

Tree management and tree preservation orders 

Trees are protected if they are in a conservation area, or if they are the subject of a tree preservation order (TPO). This prevents cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, willful damage or destruction of trees and roots without our permission.

Urban design

Hackney design awards

The biennial design awards celebrate great design in Hackney.

Hackney design review panel

The design review panel offers the Council and applicants, independent design and architecture advice on: development proposals that may significantly affect the urban design of Hackney, major or strategic scheme planning applications, council frameworks and initiatives with urban design implications and significant and strategic issues and policies.

State of the environment report


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